What is the Fellowship of the Unashamed?
Before sharing the prayer of The Fellowship of the Unashamed, let's talk about shame.
We all know what shame is. It's a feeling of humiliation or distress that comes over us as a result of something we have thought, said or done. Shame can be imposed on us by a friend, a foe or an acquaintance, when they "call-us-out" on something. We can also impose shame upon ourselves when we recognize a shameful behavior.
Shame imposed by others can often be very damaging, depending upon the intent of the person. In a world where identity has almost become a competitive sport, blame and shame is often inflicted on others as a way to win the game — by fueling self-justification and elevating oneself over another.
As Christians, we are never to live in shame. We are new creations in Christ. Every sin we have ever committed, and every sin we ever will commit, has already been paid for by Jesus. He has redeemed us and forgiven us. Therefore, any shame we feel should send us immediately to Jesus in repentance and in seeking to be cleansed (1 John 1:9).
It should be understood that the Holy Spirit does not impose shame on us. We are promised that He is always with us to convict us, to teach us and to lead us to repentance. There is a significant difference between shame and conviction. Conviction is of God. It is an awareness of sin that is meant to bear the fruit of repentance. Shame is of the flesh and of Satan. It will usually discourage and dishearten and lead to inward self-deprecation rather than up-ward repentance. Shame is a powerfully destructive weapon that the enemy will use against us in his efforts to deceive us and to destroy our identity in Christ.
We are to live unashamed, because our identity is sealed in Christ. We are to live with confidence in the Lord and in His Word. We do this by always remembering who we are in Christ and, when we sin, being quick to turn to Him knowing that He is faithful to forgive us and restore us (1 John 1:9).
We are to live with our eyes focused on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), with our hearts established in His grace (Hebrews 13:9), with our souls anchored in Him (Hebrews 6:19) and with a desire to share His saving grace, unashamedly, with all people.